Sunday, March 18, 2012

Why Does It Always Surprise Me?

When it behaves the same way EVERY year....March weather, that is.  Okay, we've been spoiled of late with temps pushing the mid-high 80's for the past two weeks, but seriously...hail in the 'hood today? 'cmon!  And to show you what's still coming, dh had to drive to San Diego today and here's a pic of what he traveled through in the San Diego mountains ~

check out the view in the side mirror!
Henceforth, I shall refer to this month as "March the Merciless!"

The previously beautiful weather allowed me time to flit about to the thrift stores and my favorite antique mall.  Believe it or not, I hadn't been since last November!  So, let me share with you some of the goodies I found...

loving maps of all genres ~ guess that's the teacher in me!

gorgeous sheet music

a jar of buttons that I really bought for its ground glass jar stopper

a special treat for the oh-so-patient dh who collects these creatures!

sweet little tin and tiny bottle 

darling little sewing box

more printed goodies, including a dance card!

would you believe, $19???  Perfect for my first jewelry "trunk show!"

Well, my wanderings were very fruitful, but they were stowed for the time being as other fish were waiting to be fried ~ March, April, and May are teeming with special events in our lives ~ Christening, First Holy Communion, Bridal Shower, and a dear friend's wedding ~ just to name a few!

I can now share a very special shower gift that was first shared by dear Nancy Roach for Lacey's bridal shower.  You may have seen one's a candle basket.
Here's what's so special about this candle basket:
You take a large basket...

Buy 9 pairs of candles... each pair signifying a special event in the newlyweds' life...
check to be sure they all fit...
make the tags and begin assembling...
admire and photograph...

add matches and the special poem that explains the candles
 And you have the most unique shower gift!  Thank you, Nancy love, for this fabulous idea!

Since our special bride is carrying a bouquet of vintage brooches,  my girls thought it fitting to include one with the candle basket!
 If you know a bride to be who might be thrilled with such a gift, email me and I'll pass the poem on to you.

Our Scrap Happy group met for our once a month 16 hr. marathon, and I managed to finish a bracelet...

I also finished bridal shower invitations for an upcoming April shower and rehearsal dinner invites, but none have gone out yet so they must wait for a future blog...

I've spent the past 48 hours frantically working on getting paperwork ready as I meet with our CPA on Wednesday.  I'm always his last day client and usually his last appointment....procrastinate? Moi? lol!!
After Wednesday I'll be such a happy camper!

I hope your week is snow-less, warmer, "footloose and fancy free!"  Spring really IS right around the corner.  Thank you so much for being such a great friend and visiting with me today!


Unknown said...

Girl, I cant even say how much I love your finds! Like, everything is stunning! The papers, candles, buttons and music? To die for! Youve brought home some real treasures! And March has always been strange :)


Terri said...

Wow! That was the mountains behind San Diego! Crazy weather!

Your thrift store finds are fab! I adore the post cards, and the suitcase is really are all the rest.
The candle gift is fab too!
And your wonderful bracelet! I love the different chains, and just a few pearls...perfection!

Fran. said...

Hello Karen!! Love the fact that you found a dance card!!! How sweet! And I love the button jar! What ya gonna do with the lid? I have heard about the candle basket. Kinda cool. I like the make up candles!! LOL Looking forward to what ya do with some of those goodies! And how perfect to get the suitcase for your trunk show!! I use a suitcase to display my Raggedy Fran dolls! Very cute!! I am making a bunch of little chicks right now and last night I cut out a Owl Raggedy Fran to make! Take care, XO Love, Fran.

~*~Patty S said...

you found some wonderful treasures...I am always drawn to maps too! and lots of the other things you like as well dear Karen

we're having a bit of March Madness in the weather dept here in VA's March pretending it's May

thank you for popping by my Magpie's Nest and for you kind wishes for my son.

Happy Spring!